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The pure water we receive from the East Branch of the Brandywine Creek that begins its journey to us just under 14 miles from where we brew with it. Weíll be celebrating this water (insert your lite beer joke here) with our anniversary beer, Headwaters Pale Ale, due to be released February 15, 2011. Now, considering that beer is the product of four simple ingredients and the three other than water rely on water for their existence, weíve had a fair amount of latitude in paying homage to water in our beer. So, weíve played all of our cards deftly, bringing the hops, malt and yeast in harmony, with our great local water as the conductor in Headwaters Pale Ale.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frank (3016) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
This is a hell of a beer. It is a plain Jane golden color with a small head but thatís about the only negative thing I can say about it. It is a crisp and light APA with lots of citrus and a bit of grassy character to keep things nice and even. Itís light bodied w/o being watery and solidly carbonated without being prickly or overbearing. Itís pretty dry w/ only enough sweetness to balance the firm herbal hop bitterness in the finish. A lot of people think hops and they go for the big IPA or IIPA. This in my opinion is an equally good showcase for how American hops can work in a brew, as a crisp lemony counterpoint to sweetness which increases drinkability w/o assaulting your taste buds.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerKurve (509) - - APR 10, 2012
Orange in color with mild haze. This APA is rather unique in that in addition to the standard Floral Hops, Caramel, Yeasts and Malts that we expect, there is also a rather sweet butterscotch flavor in here. At the same time, it manages to balance out the APA and Butterscotch flavors out quite well. Itís light in body and the carbonation is stronger than I would like, but it feels crisp and refreshing on the palate. Much like Prima Pils, itís simple in flavor but itís does exceptionally well with whatever flavors it contains.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevd193213 (877) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - APR 21, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Light copper pour with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malt and crisp earthy hops. Smooth taste with a nice hoppy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUN 9, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thick 1.5 finger off-white head. Really good head retention. Aroma is full of citrus hops backed up by a little bit of malt underneath. Hops really overpower everything, though and are very inviting. The flavor really pulls the malt and hops together with lots of citrus up front carried by some toasted caramel underneath. A little bready malt as well. Bitterness ends up being on the light to moderate side and I really wish there was a little more malt. The beer finishes relatively clean and slightly sticky. Overall, another great beer from Victory. A great summer beer and one that is highly sessionable.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ertajorou (2) - forked river, New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2012 does not count
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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Claymeister (72) - USA - JUL 7, 2012
Draft at Victory Xfinity Live. Pours a clear orange. Aroma is strong citrus hops and very inviting. Love the strong flavor. This is a good APA. Delicious.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Apricot pour with a nice off white head. Amazingly fresh citrus hop aroma, this is one of the better aromas from an APA that Iíve experienced. The flavor is a very well balanced mix of the hops with a buttery bread finish. Smooth body with light carbonation, this is the epitome of a session beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Perfectly blended with citrus, resin, floral hops, firm classic Victory German malt bill. This is refreshing and drinks like a session IPA without the bitter bite. Recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnurda (1152) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2013
Bottled sample. Very citrusy. Lots of hops. Can taste the brandy wine water. Thanks to Knappster for the sample ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Pours clear golden amber with a scant head of bone white foam that fell fast to a cap and ring. Left nice lace and constantly refreshed. In the right light has an orange hue.

Nose is out of this world. Citrus, lemon and orange with apple behind that. Light malt sweetness, grains and light bread. Generous spice, sweetly floral and herbal.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Citrus twang greets you first followed by a light sweet malt. Cereal grains carry it to the back with an earthly presence and a healthy helping of spice to tingle on the tongue. Ample carbonation lightens the body. Mouthfeel is sticky, creamy, crisp and light. The apple is sweet and tart like a good apple should be. Lingers whole in the aftertaste with no one characteristic able to be separated from the others. Terrific balance and the aftertaste has a slight mineral quality.

This is one of the best pale ales you will have. Itís refreshing, itís delicious, itís well made and you want to have it always in your refrigerator. Itís confident and brisk.


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